By Jim Pratt
Editor’s note: In part-1 of his evaluation of future Atlanta Braves talent, BravesWire’s Jim Pratt took a look at the Braves’ young pitching talent. You can see part-1 here.
The strength of the infield is unevenly weighted on one side of the diamond. As you can see below, only one out of the top 10 infield prospects in the system is on the right side of shortstop. There are some strong up-the-middle defenders on their way to Atlanta in Christian Bethancourt and Andrelton Simmons. There are also plenty of options to replace Chipper Jones after his possible retirement at season’s end, but only one of those prospects will be close to MLB-ready by next year.
C – Christian Bethancourt (Grade – A): There have been signs Bethancourt’s raw tools are beginning to mature. After posting solid, yet unspectacular numbers over two minor league levels last year, he had a coming out party of sorts in the Arizona Fall League (AFL) where he hit .306 with five homeruns in only 72 at-bats...